California Isn’t Doing Enough to Teach Kids How to Read, Lawsuit Says

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Shavalo Wooley, 8, uses 3-D glasses along with magnifying glasses while participating in a program to improve children's reading skills at La Salle Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles in March 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Shavalo Wooley, 8, uses 3-D glasses along with magnifying glasses while participating in a program to improve children’s reading skills at La Salle Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles in March 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Too many California children can’t read, and the state doesn’t have an adequate plan to fix the problem, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the advocacy law firm Public Counsel, alleges that the state is not meeting its constitutional responsibility to educate all children.

California lags behind the national average in both reading and writing for fourth- and eighth-graders, according to national education data.

About five years ago, the state superintendent and state board of education president commissioned a report with suggestions to improve literacy in California. The state has not adopted or implemented an adequate plan based on those suggestions, the lawsuit alleges.

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